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The Royal College of Physicians Medicinal Plants Garden

This week: 9 – 15 July

9 July 2018 Suzanne Frost

This summer keeps on going strong and we are fully aware it will be hard to tear you away from your picnics and barbeques to partake in some culture. Nevertheless, there are some wonderful events that combine sunshine and sophistication and museums are great places for when you need to cool down a bit!

Horniman World Gallery

The Horniman’s much-anticipated new World Gallery is now open to the public after a major redevelopment, boasting over 3,000 objects from around the world that explore the fundamental question of what it means to be human. Through vibrant and thought-provoking displays, the World Gallery showcases historic and contemporary objects from all five inhabited continents to show visitors some of the ways that people live their lives, looking at common virtues of love and compassion, trust and friendship, dignity and courage. Visitors are invited to discover and celebrate the beauty and diversity of the world’s cultures, and to share a sense of belonging and pride in human creativity and resilience. The World Gallery was developed by Horniman staff in collaboration with over 200 people from its local, national and international networks and communities and continues Frederick Horniman’s ambition ‘to bring the world to Forest Hill’.
The World Gallery at the Horniman Museum opened on 29 June. Entry to the Museum and Gardens is free.
Late Night Vintage Fair at Wilton’s Music Hall

For one day only, Pop Up Vintage Fairs London will transform the world’s oldest surviving Grand Music Hall into a vintage paradise! The Grand Auditorium, the balcony and the upstairs rooms of one of London’s best kept secrets will be filled with a diverse mix of vintage stalls selling fashion, menswear, exquisite vintage jewellery & accessories, alongside mid-century homeware, antiques, collectables, curiosities and so much more. 1920s jazz band The Volstead Orchestra will be performing on stage and The Night & Day Collective jazz trio will be playing upstairs in Wilton’s Cocktail Bar, the perfect location to relax after all that shopping!
Late-night vintage Fair is at Wilton’s Music Hall, 1 Graces Alley, London E1 8JB on 12 July 4.30pm – 9.30pm. Tickets are £3 on the door.
Hive City Legacy

The Roundhouse are known for nurturing performers in the early stages of their careers, and Hot Brown Honey are a fierce collective of Femmes of Colour from Australia, in the midst of a world pollination tour smashing stereotypes in Canada, Manchester and at home. For Hive City Legacy, they have selected nine sensational female performers of colour from over 250 applications from young artists with skills ranging across circus, beatboxing, spoken word, cabaret, dance and everything in between, to create a unique and fierce new show all about the world’s greatest hive city – London. Hive City Legacy brings intersecting tales from a new London Town to the Roundhouse stage for an unapologetic, uncensored and genre defying experience of performance and social activism to challenge, uplift, boundary break and encourage conversation around race, gender and identity, whilst also providing a night of serious entertainment.
Hive City Legacy is at The Roundhouse 10 – 21 July. During the run, there will also be Q &As, an after party, panel discussion and networking event for Femmes in the Creative World      
Henley Festival

Henley Festival is the UK’s most glamorous and only black-tie boutique festival. With a spectacular setting on the riverbank in Henley-on-Thames, expect Michelin starred food, award winning comedians, Turner Prize nominated artists and the biggest names in popular, world, jazz and classical music. Many festival goers arrive by boat, and the green lawns of the festival are transformed into a Great Gatsby vision, as black tie clad revellers spill across the festival site, champagne in hand, while fireworks explode overhead. The Floating Stage will see this year’s headliners Rita Ora and Grace Jones, Ronny Scott’s Big Band, and a night of Opera from ENO. There will be jazz in the Spiegeltent, world music in the Bedouin Tent, Michelin starred chef Angela Hartnett MBE at the Riverside Restaurant and lots of Moet flowing at the Champagne Bar.
Henley Festival takes place 11 – 15 July at Henley-on-Thames. Tickets are between £50 – 120. The formal dresscode is Black Tie.
Summer in the medicinal garden: Dangerous Plants Lecture

Attention all fans of Agatha Christie! The Royal College of Physicians, as part of its 500th anniversary celebrations, is hosting some fun events around the poisonous plants in its medicinal garden. Dr Kathryn Harkup, author of ‘A is for Arsenic: the poisons of Agatha Christie’ will take a detailed look at the plant poisons used in the famous detective-writer’s novels, where poison was the method of crime and there will also be a lecture on the addictive nature of plant-derived substances such as morphine, cocaine, and alcohol by Prof. Graham Foster, RCP Garden Fellow and Professor of Hepatology at Queen Mary, University of London. With an expert-led garden tour and refreshments included in the afternoon, there can be no better way to discover one of London’s most fascinating botanical gems this summer. Just maybe sniff your drink before you down it, to be sure…
The Dangerous Plants lecture is on 16 July at the Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, London, NW1 4LE. Tickets are £10.

The Trump Baby
(c) Reuters

And finally, far be it from us to tell you what political views to harbour, but we hear a certain president will be visiting our city this week and mayor Sadiq Khan has given the green light for the Trump Baby, a crowdfudned giant inflatable balloon, to fly over Westminster on Friday. Surely that counts as 'art'?

The Together Against Trump demonstration commences at 2pm on 13 July outside the BBC’s headquarters and will end in Trafalgar Square at 5pm.

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